Neal Martin on Antiyal from the Wine Advocate #204 December 2012
2010 Antiyal Antiyal 93 points
The 2010 Antiyal is a blend of 47% Carmenere, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Syrah. It has a very well defined bouquet with blackberry leaf, crushed stone, and limestone. This is very expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with super-fine tannins. It is very well balanced with grace and poise towards the natural, refined blackberry and sea salt tinged finish. This is another beautiful wine from Alvaro. Drink now-2017.
2008 Antiyal - 93 points
The 2008 Antiyal has a penetrating, vivacious bouquet of blackberry, blueberry, crushed stone, and cedar. The palate is vibrant and beautifully structured with fine minerality. It is tightly wound towards the finish with impressive precision and poise. This is a great Chilean wine. Drink now-2018.
2010 Antiyal Carmenere Viñedo Escorial - 90 points
The 2010 Carmenere Vinedo Escorial is aged in Nomblot concrete egg tanks and sees no oak. It has a natural, minerally bouquet with blackberry leaf, wild strawberry and crushed stone, hints of rosemary and thyme in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins. There are plenty of crisp blackberry and mineral notes that segue into a linear, very focused, harmonious finish that is precise and long. Not a wine for those seeking big and brawny Chilean Carmenere, but it is utterly refined. Drink now-2016.
2010 Antiyal Kuyen - 88 points
The 2010 Kuyen is a blend of 57% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere and 2% Petit Verdot raised for twelve month in a combination of one, two and three year old French oak. It has a refined bouquet of blackberry, wild hedgerow and raspberry leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with light tensile tannin. It is taut and natural; never entertaining the notion of complexity but with a soft, pleasing finish. Drink now-2015.
Note about the winery :
Although I met dozens of winemakers during my time in Chile, meeting with Alvaro Espinoza is the one that sticks in my mind. Having entered many large-scale wineries producing decent, if sometimes predictable wines, Antiyal came as an antidote with its bijou size, biodynamic practices, the alpacas standing guard at the winery and the charismatic winemaker himself. Alvaro actually studied with Telmo Rodriguez and has lived in Bordeaux. His vines cover just 8 hectares, which includes the original single hectare homestead, although he has purchased conjoining land where he has planted some Grenache. I found his wines to be full of character and personality, wines that demonstrated flair and originality that Chile is beginning to show more and more.